OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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What is OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, persistent obsessions or compulsions. Obsessions are the intrusive ideas, thoughts, or images and compulsions are repetitive and seemingly purposeful behavior generally recognized as senseless.

Common symptoms reported by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Anxious mood (37) Insomnia (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
37
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Pain (18) Anxious mood (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
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Treatment name(s)

(Luvox)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Insomnia (20) Anxious mood (1)

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Treatment name(s)
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Side effects
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased appetite Bipolar manic episodes 8 more
How many evaluations
21
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Addiction 16 more
How many evaluations
27
Tried for
Anxious mood (37) Insomnia (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Dissociation Emotional distress 1 more
How many evaluations
14
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Difficulty with orgasm Sex drive (libido) decreased 8 more
How many evaluations
22
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Anorgasmia 10 more
How many evaluations
17
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Burning Mouth Clumsiness 4 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Pain (18) Anxious mood (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Addiction Depressed mood 2 more
How many evaluations
18
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Sex drive (libido) decreased 18 more
How many evaluations
12
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Treatment name(s)

(Luvox)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Crying Depressed mood 7 more
How many evaluations
10
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive sleeping (hypersomnia) Fatigue 3 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Insomnia (20) Anxious mood (1)

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 50
20s 723
30s 1,049
40s 988
50s 629
60s 247
70+ 54

Sex

Distribution of sex

77% Female
23% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,052
20-29 years 255
30-39 years 135
40-49 years 64
50-59 years 11
60-69 years 3
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,972
Not Diagnosed 1,785

These charts show data from OCD patients who have completed their condition history
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